Veterinary Board of Governors seeks final input on draft client communication regulations

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The Veterinary Board of Governors (VBOG) has filed a CR-102 for WAC 246-933-310 Definitions and WAC 246-933-345 (New) Client Communication. This is the final phase of rulemaking before the Board votes to approve it. VBOG is proposing to add a definition related to facilities and practice management standards and to create a new section to establish requirements for veterinarians when communicating with clients regarding evaluation and treatment.

The new rule is intended to ensure the care provided promotes the health and safety of animal patients based on client decisions and emphasizes the importance of consultation with clients. It includes expanded or new communication requirements for proposed diagnostic tests, possible and definitive diagnoses, common side effects or adverse outcomes of diagnostics and treatment, estimated cost, prognosis and treatment options, communication that is timely and prior to treatment (except during emergencies or when the client cannot be reached), communication that enables the clients to understand the problem and options, and written or verbal consent from the clients.

The complete text of the language of the rule can be viewed here.

You may submit written comments by February 21, 2020, on the Department of Health’s Rules Comment webpage, or directly to Loralei Walker.

A public hearing on the rule will be held on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at 10 am at the Department of Health Kent location. If the Board votes to approve the draft language at their meeting, it will likely go into effect sometime in April.


Posted January 24, 2020